Words: Lauren Carbran
Counting down the days until you check into paradise? Go you! Not booked your private beach retreat to Bora Bora yet? No problem. We’ve found the most-wanted perfumes this summer, which smell of the beach (for real). And we challenge you not to drift off on your imaginary sunlounger after just one spritz…
DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE SUN FOR HER
SMELLS LIKE: COCONUT
This perfume was made for people who love summer. Inspired by the sun (it’s in the name, after all), Light Blue Sun transports you to the Island of Capri. The combo of coconut water, ozonic accord and lemon essence is the right ratio of sweet and refreshing. You’re officially winning at summer in this.
CALVIN KLEIN CK ONE SUMMER FOR HER AND FOR HIM
SMELLS LIKE: SUNRISE ON A BEACH
As soon as you spritz this, you’ll smell the opening notes of sparkling tangerine. Then the middle notes of Blue Lagoon accord (yes, inspired by the geothermal spa in Iceland) mixed with matcha tea come through, followed by a base of sun-struck musk. The fragrance smells of fresh morning air. Just imagine going on a brisk walk and watching the sunrise – wherever you are in the world. Priceless.
VERSACE EROS FLAME FOR HIM
SMELLS LIKE: DESERT SANDS
Eros Flame, as the name suggests, is inspired by the heat of the desert. Think fiery, spicy smells of black pepper from Madagascar, wild mountain rosemary and pepperwood. You’ll also get the sweet hints of vanilla and orange. What could be better when you’re vacaying on a desert beach. Morocco, here we come!
PACO RABANNE INVICTUS LEGEND FOR HIM
SMELLS LIKE: SALTY SEA AIR
You know that smell you get when you inhale deeply by the sea? Well, this is it in a bottle. Invictus Legend is an addictively fresh blend of solar salty accord (salty sea air), grapefruit and honey. There’s really no better concoction for your beach retreat, whether you’re having a staycation in Brighton or relaxing on a hammock in The Maldives.